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From Mile High Political Views – an interview with St. Barney:

MS: You mentioned earlier in the interview that we have an opportunity to have a big win with Obama. If we do have that big win, how large do you think we will increase the Democratic presence in the House and what should be the first priority of the LGBT community?

BF: It’s most important that we increase it in the Senate and I believe we will by at least five, maybe seven or eight and that’s going to be very important because that is where we’ve have blockages. Secondly, the House will pick up 10-15 seats. Getting rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” [the military ban on openly gay servicemembers] is important, but I think that the first thing that the new president will have to do is set us on the course to get out of Iraq. There are only so many things we want to test the military with. The hate-crimes bill is an easy one. Both houses have passed it. We can get a hate-crimes bill signed. Then we will get to ENDA. The question now is whether enough lobbying has been done to include people who are transgender. In my own home state of Massachusetts, I sent testimony in favor. There was a proposal to add transgender discrimination to the legislation and it failed. There’s still a political problem there that some of the leadership doesn’t want to confront. We need more lobbying on that. We had a very good hearing on that issue and it helped. Previously, we were running into problems getting it out of committee, and I think the hearing we had a major impact on that. It also depends on if we get more Democrats. The more Democrats we have, and obviously not every Democrat votes with us, the better we’ll do. If we can pick up 15 Democratic seats, then I think we are in a good position to pass a transgender-inclusive ENDA.

Bookmark it.

And wait for those 15 to be ‘educated’ by those who say that they have our best interests at heart.

And then wait for him to say 15 more are needed.

3 Responses to 15

  1. [...] Rose over at ENDAblog had something to say about “more Democrats” … And wait for those 15 to be ‘educated’ by those who [...]

  2. Ethan says:

    Barney might think we have a better chance at passing a transinclusive ENDA but he doesn’t say that they’re not going to move forward with a sexual orientation ONLY ENDA nor does he say that they’ll try and pass an ALL inclusive ENDA. He may be talking about HR 3686, the gender identity stand alone bill.
    You have to keep an eye on those cagey, cagey Congress critters.

  3. [...] has a post up at Transadvocate (and Bilerico) today about “St. Barney” (as Kat Rose refers to him) … On Tuesday I attended the HRC/Victory Fund luncheon and on Wednesday I attended the [...]

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